Fitness Motivation Cycle
I trust you are having a great morning!
I got to thinking about the cycle of fitness motivation.
Surely you’ve heard the saying ‘History repeats itself.’
Well, it happens with fitness motivation, too.
You’ve probably noticed that people tend to cycle through various levels of motivation.
In January, motivation is high. Gyms are packed, everyone is on some new diet, and they’re excited to burn off the holiday pounds.
That motivation fizzles in February or March (January for some).
Motivation pics back up as the months get warmer, around the 4th of July, especially for those who have a vacation planned.
Dads and moms with younger kids will sometimes lose fitness motivation in the Summer when their kids are at home more, and regain fitness motivation when their kids go back to school in the Fall.
Then there’s wedding season. Triple motivation if it’s YOUR wedding or you are IN the wedding.
Then the holidays happen and fitness motivation plummets.
Fitness motivation comes back in January and the cycle repeats.
Some can only hope they didn’t gain weight during that cycle. A 5-pound net weight-gain, cycled every year for 10 years = 50 pounds over-weight and a lot less fitness motivation.
That’s a common cycle that I see.
But what’s your cycle?
We are creatures of habit and operate primarily on habits.
We build habits (our operating system) and those habits run our life.
Think bigger picture of your fitness motivation cycle.
Reflect back a year, 3 years, 5 years ago at this time.
Have you repeated any cycles?
If so, you can easily forecast where you’ll be in a year from now.
I know that may hurt to think about.
And you may say “Shawn, this year is different.”
It may be, in fact, I hope you crush it this year!
But “hoping” isn’t a strategy. “Hoping” is the same as resigning.
If you are in a weight-gain or health-declining cycle, you will be in the exact same place, or worse, in one year from now unless you take massive action in a way you haven’t before.
Otherwise, your cycle is predictable.
Here’s a simple exercise you can do in under a minute:
Identify your fitness motivation cycle. Look at your results, they don’t lie.
If you repeat your cycle, where will you be:
– In 1 year?
– 3 years?
– 5 years?
Identify your cycle. Forecast your future results based on that cycle.
If you want different results, don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.
Take action and create a NEW cycle and new results.
Will it be uncomfortable?
But hey, it’s uncomfortable to repeat the same thing over and over. I know very well from being 50 pounds overweight.
I changed that cycle. In fact, I burned it and created a new one.
You bet it was uncomfortable. But any discomfort I felt while breaking my old cycle was better than the discomfort of REPEATING that old cycle!
You can create a new cycle too!
Hit reply if I can help you out.
Enjoy your day and thanks for reading.
Certified Personal Trainer